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Month: June 2019

Woven in the Spirit: Pentecost sermon for the Kirking of the Tartans 9 June 2019


This sermon was preached at a service of the Kirking of the Tartans at the Old High Church, with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies

Scripture Readings: Exodus 35: 30-35 not Lectionary

Acts 2.1-21

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

One of the biggest events in our church calendar at Old High St Stephen’s is a Kirking- the Kirking of the Council, which we have grown in recent years into a very happy community festival. So it’s lovely for us today to be hosting, for the first time, another kind of Kirking, the Kirking of the Tartans. There is no more potent symbol of Scotland than tartan, but, of course, like many of the symbols of Scotland, tartan has its roots in the Highlands and in Gaelic culture.

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More than we can imagine: Sermon for Ascension Sunday 2019

Scripture Readings:

First New Testament reading: Acts 1: 1-11

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leonard Cohen
By Gorupdebesanez – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31038363

The late Canadian musician Leonard Cohen is famous for what is, in many ways, a very strange song. It uses a famous religious word which we would generally associate with praising God. But Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ is a subdued song, written in a minor key:

There’s a blaze of light in every word

It doesn’t matter which you heard

The holy or the broken


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